The outstanding thermal performance of vinyl makes it a
desirable material for homeowners, There are the energy efficiency inherent in
vinyl windows: Low-E glass, warm-edge spacers and a high number of air chambers
within the frame.
Even within the category of vinyl windows, energy
efficiency ratings can vary wildly depending on the manufacturer, glazing,
insulation and more. That’s why it’s important to look for the key metrics such
as U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and energy rating.
Vinyl is renowned for its easy upkeep. Whereas materials
such as wood require lots of touch-ups due to fading, splintering or rotting, Vinyl
can endure season after season of harsh weather without needing to be repainted
Advances in technology are continually adding to the design
possibilities for vinyl windows, At Vinyl-Pro are durable, fade-resistant
colours for windows. As well it allows for seamless matching with interiors and
exteriors of all styles.
A lead-free uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride)
compound material gives windows resistance to impact, moisture and
discoloration, and ensures they won’t crack, warp or blister. As a result vinyl
windows will continue to look and perform like new, year after year, in all
kinds of climates.
Compared to other window materials such as wood and
fiberglass, vinyl is a cost-effective option for both new construction and
human body is most comfortable at humidity levels between 20% and 50%.
warmer the air the more water it can hold. This phenomenon is called ‘relative
humidity’. Relative humidity is a way of describing how much humidity is
present in the air, compared to how much there could be. The amount of humidity
air can hold is relative to its temperature. Fog as an example, happens when
the relative humidity of cooler air is 100%. As the temperature increases the
fog dissipates because the warmer air can hold / hide the moisture. Science
table shows the recommended indoor humidity levels in relation to the outdoor
temperature. As a result, you should lower the relative humidity levels in your
home during the cold winter months.
What about condensation on the outside of my windows?
who have highly energy-efficient windows may notice condensation forming on the
outside of their windows under certain weather conditions. This question is
often asked by homeowners who have highly energy-efficient windows. This
usually occurs in late summer and early fall when the night time temperature
drops several degrees – much like dew forming early in the morning.
moisture on the outside of the window is condensation. It will soon evaporate
when outside temperature rises. As we know, condensation happens on cold
surfaces. During the night, if the outside temperature drops below the dew
point then condensation forms. The fact that the condensation is forming on the
windows means that very little heat from inside the house is escaping through
the windows. That’s a good thing and proof that you have energy-efficient
Is there anything I
need to do to prepare for the installation?
There are just a few things you’ll want to know.
Someone must be home
to let our installers into to your home.
Make space available
in your driveway if at all possible so our driver can park close to your house.
Clear furniture from
the area near the location where your new windows and doors will be installed.
Our installers will be happy to help you upon their arrival if you’re unable to
clear the area beforehand, but we cannot be held responsible for any damages.
Remove all window
treatments from the windows including blinds, shades, curtains, etc.
When cleaning either side of the glass, you can use any
standard glass cleaner or mild detergent. Take care when scrubbing around the
frame and glazing to avoid damage. For best results, use paper towel or a soft
cloth that is clean and free of lint or other potentially abrasive materials.
Cleaning glass in direct sunlight can cause the cleaner to
dry too quickly and leave an unsightly residue, so you will achieve better
results working in cloudy or shady conditions.
Vinyl windows don’t require painting or touch-ups, but
they will benefit from occasional cleaning with a mild cleansing agent such as
warm soapy water. Avoid using abrasive materials or a high-pressure washer,
which could cause damage to the vinyl surface.
To clean your window screens, you can simply spray them
down with a hose at low or medium water pressure. A mild soap and sponge or
soft brush should allow you to remove any dirt or debris that has built up.
When your screens are clean, be sure to rinse away the cleaning agent and wipe
them down with a soft cloth or paper towel before reinstalling in the window.
A comparison of the different types of windows will reveal
certain advantages and disadvantages for each one, but ultimately the decision
should come down to what makes sense for the room. Although your options might
be limited by the size or shape of the existing window opening, You’ve still
got a lot of choice.
Often it’s the function of the room that will determine
which type of window works best. Awning windows, for example, provide lots of
ventilation while protecting the interior from wet weather, making them ideal
Casement windows are popular choices for kitchens because
of the same need for ventilation. It’s easy to operate the crank even if you
have to reach over the sink, and the larger opening provides lots of natural
Double hung windows
Double hung windows, a traditional style often used to
maintain the rich aesthetic of older homes, are well suited to most climates,
but can lead to higher rates of air infiltration in excessively windy areas. Even
with two sashes, though, double hung windows can be highly efficient if they
are well made and properly installed. The use of warm-edge spacers and dual or
triple glazed windows filled with insulating gas can also compensate for air
leakage between sashes.
Sliding and hung windows
For rooms adjacent to confined or high-traffic areas such
as walkways and patios, an inward-opening window offers the ideal mix of beauty
and practicality. Sliding and hung windows are some of the most popular choices
here because they still allow for air circulation and easy cleaning without
infringing on your outdoor space.
For more advice on how to choose the perfect windows for
your home, speak to us.
U-factor, sometimes called U-value, is a
measurement of a product’s resistance to heat loss. Windows with a lower
U-factor provide better insulation, meaning they don’t let as much heat escape
as windows with a higher U-factor. Choosing windows with a low U-factor, since
you won’t have to compensate for heat loss by running your heating system as
high or as often.
SOLAR HEAT GAIN COEFFICIENT (SHGC)
Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) refers to
the amount of solar radiation transmitted through a window and into a home or
building. SHGC will appear as a number between 0 and 1, with a lower number
indicating that the window transmits less solar heat.
Low-E glass typically reduces solar heat
gain with its protective coating, which can help control air conditioning use
during the summer.
VISIBLE TRANSMITTANCE (VT)
Expressed as a percentage, visible
transmittance refers to the amount of visible light allowed to pass through a
window. A lower number means less light will enter the home or building. This
is typically the result with Low-E glass windows, which use a special coating
to reduce solar heat gain.
Air leakage is a measurement of the amount
of air that passes through cracks in a window. A higher rate of air leakage
indicates the window is more susceptible to heat loss and gain, which reduces
energy efficiency and interior comfort.
ENERGY RATING (ER)
This figure captures the overall
energy-efficiency score of a window. It encompasses all factors for a more
convenient way to compare products. The standards for energy ratings vary, a
window must have a minimum energy rating of 25 in zone 1, 29 in zone 2 and 34
in zone 3.
The winter months are
actually a great time to get new windows installed and we provide our services
How long does an installation take?
The time required to
complete the installation will depend on the number of windows you’re having replaced.
Typically, the projects are completed within one day. Call us to get a time
estimation specific to your job before we begin.
home is your most important asset and your largest investment. Window and doors
are one of the top choices when considering exterior renovations for your home.
#2 : Lower Energy Bills
and cooling costs are two of the main expenses of keeping your home
comfortable. Replacing old and/or drafty windows with new, high efficiency
windows can have a big impact on your energy bills. Choosing our windows can
save you an average of 8% on your energy bills as compared to a standard
#3 : Lower Maintenance
PVC windows are made with stable, durable materials which can last for decades.
These types of windows are essentially zero-maintenance, apart from the
occasional cleaning or the lubrication of operator hardware.
#4 : Increased Safety
your windows are damaged or are faulty and get stuck in either the open or
closed position, it’s definitely time for replacement windows.
#5 : Reduce Noise
windows are more efficient when it comes to noise protection because the
technology used is newer and the sealing in, and around the window is better. As
well Exterior noise is transferred through windows that don’t close properly.